Leading electronic patient care reporting system garners Nova Scotian a $10,000 Manning Innovation Award

    CALGARY, Sept. 19 /CNW/ - Christopher D. McNamara is the visionary and
lead architect of Siren ePCR(TM) Suite, the world's most used electronic
pre-hospital reporting system. His computerized system, which replaces the
unwieldy paper forms that paramedics and other first-responders must otherwise
deal with, has won him a $10,000 Manning Innovation Award, sponsored by Katch
Kan Limited.
    McNamara founded Medusa Medical Technologies (Medusa) in 1998 in order to
develop and commercialize his idea for a real-time patient data reporting
system. The Siren ePCR(TM) system includes a rugged tablet computer with a
touch screen that paramedics can easily use at the scene of an emergency or in
the back of an ambulance while attending to a patient. An easy-to-navigate
user interface allows paramedics to efficiently complete patient care reports
and other essential forms.
    The potential for the technology to improve patient care and increase
operational efficiency is significant, given that the Siren ePCR(TM) system
can be linked to hospital databases, 911 dispatch systems, electronic health
records, and drug and protocol databases. Users in North America and the
United Kingdom report that paramedics are getting ambulances back on the road
faster because they are no longer held up with paperwork. Furthermore,
emergency physicians are receiving legible and complete documentation on their

    The Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation

    This year Foundation will award $165,000 in prize money. Four awards
totalling $145,000 will go to leading Canadian innovators. Another $20,000
will go to Young Canadians chosen at the 2007 Canada-Wide Science Fair.
    The Foundation was established in 1980 in the name of Alberta statesman,
Ernest C. Manning, to promote and support Canadian innovation. Since 1982, the
Foundation has presented $3.76 million in prize money through its annual
awards program.
    The 2007 awards will be presented at an awards gala on September 28th in
Toronto, Ontario. The 2007 Manning Principal Award Winner will be announced
September 25th.

    -  A Media Backgrounder about the innovator and his work is available on
       the Foundation's website: www.manningawards.ca

For further information:

For further information: on the Foundation, contact Bruce Fenwick,
Executive Director, (403) 645-8288 or Nina C. Pudwell, Communications
Coordinator, at (403) 645-3006 or Nina.Pudwell@encana.com; For more
information on the Siren ePCR(TM) Suite or Medusa Medical Technologies, visit
www.medusamedical.com or contact award-winner Christopher D. McNamara at (902)
488-5916 or cmcnamara@medusamedical.com

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